The Board of Governors has approved an increase in the spending rate of UBC endowments from 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent. This change will affect all of the university’s endowments, a fund of approximately $1.8 billion.
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There is no singular reason why the Bookstore might have run out of your textbook. It could be anything from your absent-minded professor to add/drop-prone students who return their textbooks at the last minute.
Almost a year ago, Brooklyn Fink burned down the rainbow pride flag burning in honour of UBC's OUTweek. Most recently, the charges were dropped after Crown Counsel could not find a group or individual to take ownership of the flag.
In the last year, four UBC faculty members have been appointed to the Order, Canada’s highest civilian honour. Approximately 100 Canadians are inducted to the Order with each bi-annual round of appointments, which take place in December and June.
Regulatory testing of drugs and medical products encompasses only three-quarters of a per cent of animals used in UBC research. A third of all animals are used in medical and veterinary research to research treatment for disease.
“You can have all of the policies that you want in the world ... but without people fundamentally understanding the origins of rape culture and how to be a respectful ally or active bystander, we’re really never going to address these issues.”
UBC’s math department has been bringing their courses into the digital age by making the bulk of course materials available online for free. The online resources are a mixture of digital textbooks, homework software and open educational resources.
The Melt Collective is currently petitioning UBC President Dr. Santa Ono and Dr. Marc Parlange, the dean of applied science, for a plastic repurposing centre on campus that will help reduce plastic waste and would educate the student body.
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson announced the city’s plan for an extension of the Millennium Line at a press conference yesterday. The extension will begin at VCC-Clark Station and will run along Broadway, stopping short of UBC at Arbutus Street.
The AMS has changed its club management software to Clubhouse after the end of its contract with the previous software, Orgsync. The new software will be more user-friendly and intuitive, according to Chris Scott, AMS VP Administration.
The Tipping Point is a mental health initiative that encourages UBC and other post-secondary institutions to better support and accommodate students and their mental health, and the labs are developing directly out of this framework.
On January 16, UBC President Santa Ono announced the appointment of Julia Wagemakers as executive director in the Office of the President and Dr. Weihong Song as senior advisor to the president on China.
On January 25, UBC is hosting Suicide Awareness Day to engage in a campus-wide conversation about suicide and mental health. The campaign is focused on the message “reach out” and increasing awareness of campus resources.
Next month, Koerner Library will close from February 10 to February 13. This project does not stand alone, but will be part of a series of upgrades to Koerner, first involving the replacement of the library's electrical substation.
Premier Christy Clark appointed UBC President Santa Ono to the position of chief advisor of the government's “Innovation Network” yesterday — an initiative designed to attract and retain talent for BC's tech sector.